The colour Gold

The colour Gold

The most prized of colours or at least the metal Gold is anyway! Gold or golden as it is sometimes called, is made up of a variety of orange-yellow blends used to give the impression of the colour of the element gold. The use of gold as a colour term in traditional usage is more often applied to the colour metallic gold.

Gold is considered to be a cousin to yellow which it shares many of its attributes as well as orange and brown. While green may be the colour of money (U.S. money, that is) gold is the colour of riches and extravagance. It is a warm colour that can be bright and cheerful as well as somber and traditional.


Because gold is a precious metal, the colour gold is associated with wealth and prosperity. While ‘all that glitters is not gold’ the colour gold still suggests grandeur, and perhaps on the downside, the excesses of the rich. Gold is the traditional gift for a 50th Wedding Anniversary while gold-like bronze is for the eighth and copper with its reddish-gold tones is for the seventh.

Metallic gold, when we are talking such things as paint, is often called gold-tone. A shiny or metallic silver-tone object can be painted with transparent yellow to obtain a gold-tone look, something often done with things like Christmas decorations. Add a small amount of metallic gold ink to a project for a special, rich touch. Bright gold catches the eye while darker subdued shades of gold lend richness and warmth.

Good choices with gold in your art to add a glow to an earthy palette of like autumn tones are orange, green, and brown. You can double the riches of a burgundy, red or purple palette with some rich glittery gold. Royalty use purple with the crown jewels after all!

Old Gold is more the colour of a dark yellow, which varies from light olive or olive brown to deep or strong yellow. The widely-accepted colour of old gold is on the darker rather than the lighter side of this range.


Shades of gold include yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, pale gold, iridescent gold, honey, bronze, copper. You can also get mica flakes in the Golden paint range and that product is simply gorgeous!

Posted: Thursday 13 May 2010


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